Are you ready to go on a business trip, a family vacation, a romantic getaway or an Indiana Jones expedition? Here are some tips to take full advantage of this experience!
The trip is a great way to immerse yourself completely in a new culture and discover a new environment out of your comfort zone. Traveling with your hearing aids is not complicated, just follow these tips and enjoy:
1. Before you go … A little tour with your hearing care professional
Before any trip, especially if it is long enough, it is advisable to make an appointment with his audioprosthetist. This will make a series of tests to control your hearing and determine if a setting or replacement is necessary. In addition, he can do a complete cleaning of the device. It is better to do it before leaving, in a known environment and with a person who has been following you for years, rather than in a foreign country! Remember to take a margin of a few weeks before your departure, do we ever know …
2. Protect your hearing instruments from moisture
Your hearing aids are small wonders of electronics, so they are fragile and should be taken care of especially if you travel in hot and humid areas. Even the latest hearing aids, although equipped with protective shells and covers, may not appreciate excessive moisture. Remember to get a dehydration kit that you can find at your hearing care professional.
There are many very practical solutions to preserve your prostheses, the one that is best is very easy to use: a small desiccant tablet. Quite simply. Just place the pellet in a cup, put your prosthesis every evening in this one, and close it tightly. Every morning you will find your prostheses perfectly dry!
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If you want to invest in a more durable solution, there are also heating cases in which you can place your prostheses. Just place your prostheses, open battery case, and leave them for two hours inside the box. You will find them perfectly dry, without any moisture or condensation.
3. On the plane: removing or keeping your hearing aids?
No worries about this, you can quietly keep your hearing aids on your ears and well lit during a flight. Even the security gantry will let you keep them, no worries. On the other hand, the plane makes a thunderous noise during take-off and landing, even for non-fitted people. You can, for comfort, turn off your prostheses and turn them on again!
And concerning security gates? Can they damage a hearing aid or change its settings? In the past, there were indeed some incidents, extremely rare … The prostheses are today much more resistant and will have no trouble passing below. People with a cochlear implant cannot, however, pass under the gantry without sounding, and will have to present their implant card carrier to airport staff.
4. Batteries: take what’s needed!
Your hearing aids are precious in all situations, but they will be even more when all your senses are alert, amazed by the beauty of your trip!
To fully benefit from this experience, do not hesitate to take with you a stock of batteries therefore. Take more than you need, moisture and heat can reduce battery life … so it’s better to be predicting. Also, keep your batteries in a cool, dry place so you do not damage them.
5. They are clean, dry and reloaded: how to transport them?
You will leave well equipped! For this it is necessary that you have a container for your prostheses, desiccant capsules, batteries, cleaning wipes … Do not hesitate to ask your hearing care professional during your departure appointment, a pouch or an airtight case, to keep all your belongings safe. Take care to always have this container nearby, it is better to keep it with your hand luggage rather than put it in the hold … The luggage is often abused, which could damage your prostheses.
6. Small additional tip
You are probably wondering about water: are my hearing aids good swimmers?
Although most distributed prostheses are very resistant to moisture, they have a horror of salt, and can oxidize easily! Avoid wearing them when bathing. If they accidentally fall into the water, the batteries should be removed, rinsed and dried as soon as possible.
There you go! You are ready to go! Do not forget to take full advantage of this new experience and trust you, you have all the tricks in hand to live well and hear well!